[Athen] Recommendations for "Human Voice" Textbook Reader

Paul E. Paire paire at temple.edu
Thu Mar 26 12:46:33 PDT 2015


If you can get the textbooks in text format and just need to have usable audio generated, then you may want to look at Wizzard Wavefile Factory<http://www.wizzardsoftware.com/wizzard_wavefile_factory.php>. From their website:

The Wizzard Wavefile Factory for Windows is powered by AT&T Natural Voices award-winning text to speech (TTS) technology. Believed by many to be the most natural sounding TTS available, this "easy to use "application provides a simple user interface to generate audio files from text provided via keyboard input or from document files.

If you want to see if the voices work for the student, you can test it on their Voice Samples page<http://www.wizzardsoftware.com/voice-technologies-wavefile-demo.php>.


From: athen-list [mailto:athen-list-bounces at mailman13.u.washington.edu] On Behalf Of Yurkovich, Cynthia Ann
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Does anyone in the group have suggestions for alternate format production of textbooks using a "human voice"? We have a student with an auditory processing disability and is struggling with the voices offered on Kurzweil (she has tried them all). Other than having someone read the book and record it, are there other technologies or solutions I can look at?


Cyndi Yurkovich
Alternate Format Coordinator
University of Delaware

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